My Wife and I have been doing a veggie share from a local farm for about 16 weeks now, with another 5 to go. My veggie farmer turned us on to another farmer who does meat shares, and so we've just picked up our fall share last week.
The veggie share is Phil's Farm CSA, Eliot ME, and the meat share is Wolf Pine Farm, Alfred ME. In case you wanted to know.
I have to say, after receiving our share, why would you not do this? I understand if you rent and lack space for a chest freezer, but for example, our meat share was $600. We received 83.23 lbs of Beef, Pork and Chicken for that price. I bought a $200 chest freezer for the 1/2 pig we bought last year. So we naturally had a spot to hold 80+ lbs of meat, but if I think about how much I would have spent with this quality beef, pork and chicken, it would be about double that amount. So even if I had to buy the $200 freezer solely for the purchase of this share, it would have been worth it. Even the beef alone (look at the pic attached) is worth the price if you were to buy it at the store. The stock I'm making from the chicken bones is nothing short of amazing, there is so much rendered fat (I'm a soup fiend). We haven't tried the pork yet but I'm sure it will be amazing.
So I just wanted this to be a PSA, if you are on the fence about getting a meat share because it seems expensive, if you have the means to buy it "all at once", please do. You will not be disappointed! I know farms vary, but there is such a dichotomy between factory-farm and private-farm that even the worst private farm will be leagues ahead of a factory farm in terms of taste and texture. At the very worst, you'll be supporting a local farm and receive meat no better than what you would get at a grocery store, and at the best, you'll receive some of the best meat you have ever had and will have supported a local farm!
If you have never thought about buying a meat share, just google "meat share" or "Veggie share" near you. I will guarantee there is an option for you.
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